20. Holder of permit, drilling reservation, lease or licence not to commence operations on private land until compensation tendered or agreed upon
(1) A permittee, holder of a drilling reservation, lessee or licensee shall not commence any operations on private land unless or until he has paid or tendered to the owner and to the occupier of the land the amount of compensation, if any, which he is required to pay under and as ascertained in accordance with this Act or he has made an agreement in writing with the owner or occupier as to the amount, times and mode of payment of the compensation, if any.
(2) Where the owner is dead or cannot be found any payment of compensation may be made to the Minister in trust for the owner.
[Section 20 amended by No. 12 of 1990 s.15; No. 78 of 1990 s.7.]